Daniel Alicea

Daniel Alicea

Associate Director of Finance and Grants Management

Daniel has been with Columbia University for over 10 years working in various positions at the Universities Medical Center & Morningside Campus. As Associate Director of Finance and Grants Management for the Institute, he works closely with the Director of Operations, managing the financial aspects of the institute, including setting up the financial structure of the Data Science Institute, assisting with sponsored project proposal budgets, coordinating with the Institutes centers on their...

Leslie Barna

Assistant Director of Operations

Leslie joins the Data Science Institute as Assistant Director of Operations in August 2014. In her role, working closely with the Directors of Operations and of Strategic Programs, she is focused primarily on managing the administrative functions of the Institute’s academic programs and Industry Affiliates Program.   Leslie has been with Columbia University since 2010 when she started as Executive Assistant to the Vice Dean of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2011...

Brianne Cortese

Program Coordinator

Brianne joined the Data Science Institute as the Institute’s Program Coordinator in October 2014. She provides administrative support to the Chair and assists with the Institute’s day-to-day operations, as well as with grant management and academic program support. Prior to joining the Institute, Brianne was an Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at William Paterson University of New Jersey and an Executive Assistant at a boutique investment bank in New York City.

Mark Habana

Associate Director of Research and Grants Development

Mark joined the Data Science Institute in January 2016 tasked with building the Institute's grants portfolio in both public and private sector funding. He began his professional career as an Analytical Chemist at Nabisco and later Kraft's R&D organization, where he was involved in both research projects and company diversity initiatives. An eventual career transition led to positions at Liberty Science Center, Columbia University and NYU School of Medicine in the areas of grant fundraising...

Eileen Irizarry

Financial Coordinator

Eileen joined the Data Science Institute as the Financial Coordinator in January 2015. She works closely with the Business Manager assisting with grants management and the day-to-day financial needs of the Department. Eileen started at Columbia University in 2012 as the Administrative Assistant in the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department. In 2013, she assumed the role as the EEE Department's Financial Assistant. Prior to joining Columbia University, she spent two years as a College...

Sharon Sputz

Director of Strategic Programs

Sharon has combined experience in business strategy and technical research.  Prior to joining the Institute, Sharon spent 11 years at BAE Systems identifying and pursuing new business opportunities in leading edge technology. Her expertise is establishing long term customer relationships to grow and develop new business.  Sharon is skilled in orchestrating research aligned to customer needs in order to promote the funding of new business. She began her career at Bell Laboratories managing and...

Jonathan Stark

Director of Operations

Jonathan has over ten years of professional experience working in higher education. As the Institute’s Director of Operations, he has oversight of the Institute’s financial management, human resources, and day-to-day operations.  Prior to joining the Institute in 2013, he served as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs (2011-2013) and Student Affairs Officer (2005-2011) for the Office of Graduate Student Affairs for the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied...

Jeannette Wing

Jeannette Wing

Avanessians Director

Jeannette comes to Columbia from Microsoft, where from 2013 to 2017 she served as Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership, having earned the respect and admiration of colleagues across the field for her role in the dramatic transformation of data science into a discipline essential to so much scholarly discovery and productive invention. Jeannette’s seminal essay, titled “Computational...

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